One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A woman's blouse that resembles a shirt.
- ‘Her shirtwaist style top was a mint green, the soft pastel bringing out her eyes as she slipped on a simple brown skirt, finishing the ensemble with a fine leather belt.’
- ‘Her shirtwaist and flowing skirt, easy to manufacture and appropriate to different classes, resembled a man's suit.’
- 1.1 A woman's dress with a seam at the waist, its bodice incorporating a collar and buttons in the style of a shirt.
- ‘Teenagers and young women worked at sewing machines in crowded rows, the aisles blocked by piles of highly flammable grass linen, a popular fabric for making shirtwaist dresses.’
- ‘She appeared in a stiff shirtwaist, her soft hair piled into a chignon, topped by a big plumed hat.’
- ‘Choose jackets, tailored suits and shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts.’
- ‘Inger stood, too, smoothing her snowy apron over her soft blue shirtwaist.’
- ‘For the doctor visit, Mother wears plastic Shasta daisies clipped to her small ears and her shirtwaist dress is sky-blue like her eyes and eye shadow.’
- ‘Maybe it was their shirtwaist dresses and comfortable shoes and tight perms that made all of them look old.’
- ‘It was difficult to button her shirtwaist, so she left the collar undone.’
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